A kind-hearted gardener as helped a Leeds family plant a new memorial tree after it was stolen by thieves.
Former scout leader David Rollett had given over 40 years voluntary service at Cookridge Village Scouts.
And following his death Mr Rollett’s family decided to plant a special tree in his memory in the grounds of the scout headquarters, on Pinfold Lane, in Cookridge.
But his granddaughter Nicole, 11, discovered the theft when she went to refill a bird feeder which she had purchased as a special present to her grandfather last month.
Kind-hearted YEP reader and landscape gardener Andrew Hargreaves was so touched by the family’s plight that he decided to replant a new tree in the grounds for them.
Widow Christine said she was overwhelmed by the support she had received since their story appeared in the newspaper.
She said: “It really does restore your faith in people.
“When the tree was stolen I just couldn’t believe it as David was just such a loved and respected man.
“But this was just such a nice thing to do and I really appreciate it.”
The family decided to plant the special tree in memory of Mr Rollett, 73, following his battle with lung cancer two years ago.
Mr Rollett’s son Tim is currently a scout leader at the site and his granddaughter Nicole is also a scout.
Mr Hargreaves, who is raising money to help local youngster Joseph Lillywhite to battle cancer, received a donation from Christine to support his cause for his kind-hearted efforts.
He said: “I read the story in the YEP and I just wanted to do what I could to help them because I work in the industry.
“I just found it really sad because Christine had put the tree in with her late husband’s ashes and whoever took the tree disturbed everything.
“The scouts were all really excited when we replanted the new tree.”
Christine said that her granddaughter was delighted with the new tree and she added: “I feel a lot better now seeing the tree .
“It gives me somewhere to go now and Andrew was just so kind for doing this.
“It is just such a nice feeling and I would just like to thank Andrew for it.”